• Özil a great player but a lot more to come, Wenger says
• Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio takes positives despite defeat
Maybe the Premier League should introduce a new rule especially for Mesut Özil. Perhaps if they banned Arsenal's new £42.5m midfielder from using his left foot things might be a little fairer for the opposition.
Before succumbing to the after effects of a stomach virus and fading in the second half, Özil spent much of Saturday afternoon switching the lights on for Arsène Wenger's side.
Not content with the exquisite creation of Olivier Giroud's opener, he unlocked so many doors for Theo Walcott that, had the England forward properly calibrated his shooting, he would have had a hat-trick. "Özil was lucky, every touch was good," Paolo Di Canio said. "We will all have to check if he has fake boots. They were like a glove. He is a good player."
Where first touch can be a sensitive subject for some professionals, Özil simply looks as if he is wearing magnetic footwear. Wenger must sometimes have to pinch himself before accepting that Real Madrid really were prepared to lose the Germany international.
"He had not practised with the team at all but he looked very comfortable, especially his first touch," said Arsenal's manager. "His passing and his retention of the ball gives everyone time to move; his game is based on a lot of movement. He gives us a kind of technical security with interesting creativity. He is a great player and there is a lot more to come from him once he gets used to the contact in England. He's given everyone a huge lift."
Wenger revealed that, had Santi Cazorla – sidelined until after the next international break – been fit, Özil would not have started after the newcomer spent part of Friday being sick. If the late decision to select him represented a gamble, so too did Di Canio's persistence with an ultra attack-minded 4-4-2 formation against a visiting midfield quintet.
Initially Ki Sung-yueng and David Vaughan, Sunderland's central midfielders, were left fighting far too many fires with Vaughan, particularly, looking alarmingly lightweight but, after the break, the bravery of Di Canio's strategy was vindicated by some high-quality football containing genuine hope for the future.
One point from the season's first four games has left the Italian's Wearside "revolution" undeniably fragile but, important as Saturday's trip to West Brom has become there were several signs that Sunderland's short-term pain could well lead to long-term gain.
"Sunderland have potential," Wenger said. "The result was a bit flattering for us. They gave us a lot of problems in the second half." Considering that the Frenchman was invariably rather sniffy about the much more pragmatic Wearside teams produced by Steve Bruce and Martin O'Neill this speaks volumes.
Once Craig Gardner replaced Vaughan, Sunderland improved. When Laurent Koscielny lunged, unwisely, at Adam Johnson, Gardner equalised from the penalty spot and, although Aaron Ramsey's superlative volley restored Arsenal's lead, an awful refereeing decision arguably changed the game.
Jozy Altidore thought he had equalised after brushing Bacary Sagna off but, contentiously, Martin Atkinson had declined to play advantage, instead pulling play back and awarding a free-kick.
"I am sad but not worried," said Di Canio, who was sent to the stands late on after engaging Atkinson in animated conversation. "I don't care I was sent off, I am coming away feeling positive. Arsenal play football like we want to play but they have being doing this for years.
"The fans might not be happy, they might be thinking: 'What's going on?' but, listen to me, in four months' time we will know the system and each other better. We will play good football. We will win games."
How he could do with a dynamic holding midfielder like Ramsey. Linking play seamlessly, the impressive Welshman sealed Arsenal's win with his second goal, a shot slipped beneath Keiren Westwood before graciously accepting second billing.
"You saw what Mesut is all about with those lovely, telling through balls," Ramsey enthused. "That's why he's top of the European assist chart.
"He's an unbelievable talent and the timing of his passes is everything. He has a wonder of a left foot and the way he strokes the ball means that the passes he delivers always seem to be perfectly weighted right into players' strides."
Small wonder Giroud believes Özil can not only help extend his record of scoring in every league game so far this season but offer him "a chance" of eclipsing Robin van Persie and co to become the Premier League's leading scorer.
"We knew all about his quality but, when you're out there with him, he's even better," Giroud said. "He sees things so early while his first touch is simply amazing. You can see immediately he is going to make this team better."
Man of the match Mesut Özil (Arsenal)